SLC Publications

Prepared under the auspices of SLC’s six standing committees, SLC Regional Resources provide a regional analysis on the background and current status of the most prevalent and unique state government policy issues facing Southern states. Focusing on policy issues, trends and developments particular to the South, these reports provide a point of reference that allows SLC members to view their state’s governmental policies in relation to their closest neighbors.

SLC Special Series Reports provide an in-depth analysis of key policy issues facing Southern states. Addressing governmental issues with multiple layers and highly nuanced solutions, these reports provide an extensive analysis of national, economic and political trends, along with an additional focus on how these developments relate to the SLC member states and the region as a whole.

SLC Issue Alerts and SLC Issue Briefs comprise concise reports that identify new and emerging issues that are time sensitive and often off the radar of policymakers. These briefs examine the impact and implications of recent state and national developments for the Southern states.

Comparative Data Reports (CDRs) are prepared annually by select SLC states’ fiscal research departments. These reports track revenue sources, appropriations levels, performance measures, and a multitude of other metrics in Southern states. A useful tool for legislators and legislative staff alike, CDRs are available for adult correctional systems, education, Medicaid, and transportation.


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Policy Analysis | November 2021

Select State Policies Governing Dual and Concurrent Enrollment for Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Cody Allen

Since 2008, states in the South have enacted nearly 400 pieces of legislation governing some component of dual or concurrent enrollment opportunities for students. However, in recent years, a renewed focus has been placed on preparing students to join high-skilled jobs in in-demand fields that often require significant career and technical education (CTE). In the United States, post-secondary enrollment in CTE is significantly less than that of students enrolled in more traditional higher education. Policymakers may increase this figure by introducing students to CTE pathways at an early age via dual or concurrent enrollment policies. Typically, dual or concurrent enrollment policies vary among states - and even local education authorities (LEAs), as some states allow for LEAs to opt-in or out of such post-secondary agreements. Some enact a statewide policy or leave the frameworks of such matters to local governments and LEAs or post-secondary institutions. However, every state in the region includes some level of CTE coursework available to students as part of its dual or concurrent enrollment program. This CSG South Policy Analysis examines select state policies and legislation allowing students to pursue dual or concurrent enrollment career and technical education opportunities.


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Policy Analysis | November 2021

Select State Models for the Creation of New State Utility Agencies

Cody Allen and Nick Bowman

Legislation to create and fund new state utility agencies may address startup costs and projected revenues over time. Typically, in the case of state-created municipal entities or utility authorities, revenue bonds are used to provide funding for the projects undertaken by the newly developed agency or corporation. Revenue bonds allow investors to subsidize the development of a project, with principal and interest being paid back over time utilizing the project's revenues. However, revenue bonds are necessarily long-term in nature and may need to be supplemented by additional startup funds to initiate a new agency's work or projects. This CSG South Policy Analysis examines recent trends among select state and local agency startups focusing on funding frameworks.


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Policy Analysis | October 2021

Select State Efforts to Reassess Executive Branch Emergency Powers

Cody Allen and Eric Harrison

Given current political climates and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some state legislatures are reevaluating the emergency powers given to their chief executives. This brief analyzes recently enacted legislation aimed at revising emergency executive powers and provides a contrary example in Georgia, which last revised emergency executive powers in 2014. While this brief primarily focuses on emergency powers in Southern states, legislation recently enacted in Indiana is also included. Additionally, this brief overviews Southern state legislatures' mechanisms for calling themselves into a special legislative session.


SLC Regional Resource | June 2021

Rural Hospitals During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Nick Bowman

Rural hospitals are a vital part of the U.S. healthcare sector and provide strong economic impacts. These healthcare facilities, which have an average of 25 inpatient beds, differ from urban hospitals in several ways. Many rural hospitals serve as the first point of care, sending patients to larger hospitals with more staff and medical equipment for specialized treatment. Due to their larger size and budgets, urban hospitals can offer a more comprehensive array of services. However, many rural hospitals perform just as well as urban hospitals and, in some cases, even outperform them.

Due to several factors, rural hospitals have struggled financially for years; 180 of them have closed since January 2005, with most closures in the South.* The reasons behind these closures include decreasing rural populations, changing federal healthcare regulations, and geographic isolation. A February 2019 report from Navigant, a Chicago-based consulting firm, found that 21 percent of U.S. rural hospitals were at high risk of closing unless their finances improve.

Since the emergence of COVID-19, Southern states have taken numerous measures in response to the pandemic. This SLC Regional Resource provides a summary of important state-level legislation related to rural hospitals and rural healthcare enacted between January 2020 and April 2021.


* For more on these issues, please see the November 2019 SLC Regional Resource, Rural Hospitals: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow.


Policy Analysis | May 2021

Impact of the American Rescue Plan on Southern States

CSG Center of Innovation


Analysis of the American Rescue Plan: Fiscal Recovery Fund

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, signed into law on March 11, included $350 billion in new federal fiscal assistance for states, territories, tribes, counties and municipalities. An additional $10 billion is available to states, territories and tribal governments for critical capital projects that directly enable work, education and health monitoring in response to COVID-19. The Council of State Governments' Center of Innovation analyzed uses and restrictions for these funds and compiled total allocations for Southern states.

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Analysis of the American Rescue Plan: K-12 Education Funding

The American Rescue Plan provides over $137 billion to early childhood and K-12 schools to reopen safely, make up for lost learning opportunities and address inequities made worse by the pandemic.

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Analysis of the American Rescue Plan: Employers

Of the $1.9 trillion in funding in the American Rescue Plan, at least $62.4 billion is included to help private-sector employers stay in business, retain employees, provide sick leave and family medical care leave and respond more generally to the impact of COVID-19.

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Analysis of the American Rescue Plan: Industries

More than $34 billion in funding from the American Rescue Plan is targeted at specific industries that were hit hardest by the pandemic including restaurants, entertainment venues and airlines.

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Analysis of the American Rescue Plan: Workers

The American Rescue Plan affects employees in many ways, whether they are at work, become unemployed or want access to care and education for their children, housing, health care and more.

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Policy Analysis | April 2021

Coronavirus Impacts on State Legislatures: 2021

Mikko Lindberg, Roger Moore, Nick Bowman, Cody Allen, and Amanda Budd

Last updated: April 15, 2021

As of April 15, 2021, approximately 2.9 million people worldwide, including 548,000 Americans, have died from the coronavirus pandemic. On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an emergency use authorization for Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine. On December 18, 2020, the FDA issued an emergency use authorization for the Moderna vaccine for use in individuals 18 or older. On February 27, 2021, the FDA issued an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a recommended schedule for states to administer these vaccines. As of April 15, approximately 123 million vaccinations have been administered in the United States. Against this backdrop, Southern legislatures are convening for their 2021 legislative sessions.

This SLC Policy Analysis, updated as new measures are implemented, tracks the special measures that Southern legislatures are adopting in order to meet safely in 2021.

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Policy Analysis | April 2021

Appropriations and Revenue Committee Structures in the South

Nick Bowman and Roger Moore

The appropriation of state funds through the budget and regulation of state revenue collections are two of the most critical tasks of state legislatures. The budget sets the state's goals and priorities for the next fiscal year or biennium, while tax rates ensure that the state has sufficient revenue to meet those goals. Consequently, legislative committees dedicated to appropriations and revenue have an essential role in this process. State legislatures have numerous structures for appropriations and revenue committees. Some chambers have an Appropriations Committee and a Ways and Means Committee, while others have multiple committees dedicated to separate appropriations categories. This report examines the different appropriations and revenue committee structures in the South.

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Webinar | April 2021

The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health and Suicide Trends

Roger Moore

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused anxiety, isolation and economic pain for millions of people, leading to a deterioration in mental health. According to a survey released in August 2020 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 40 percent of respondents reported having symptoms of anxiety or depression or increased substance abuse, in addition to other related struggles, as a result of the pandemic. Meanwhile, more than 10 percent reported seriously considering suicide in the preceding 30 days. This program reviews the immediate and long-term implications of the pandemic for mental health and suicide trends and examines what states can do to address this critical public health issue.

Presentations:

Rashon Lane, Behavioral Scientist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia
Rebecca Leeb, Ph.D., Health Scientist/Epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia


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Webinar | March 2021

Going the Distance II: Remote Work Implications for State Income Tax Collections

Cody Allen

As a consequence of the ongoing pandemic, many individuals and businesses have implemented short- and long-term shifts to teleworking. As nine states - including three in the South - do not levy individual income taxes, this work-from-home transition has led to a sizeable virtual workforce whose employers may be located in a state with a very different income tax structure than the one in which employees now reside and work. This program examines how this transition may impact state income tax collections and also explores the arguments over a state income tax collections case – New Hampshire v. Massachusetts – pending petition before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Presentations:

Richard Cram, Director, National Nexus Program Mutlistate Tax Commission, Washington, D.C.
Mobile Workforce Legislation: An Analysis by the Multistate Tax Commission


Policy Analysis | March 2021

Unemployment in the SLC Region Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Roger Moore

Disclaimer: On November 30, 2020, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the U.S. Department of Labor inaccurately reported the number of people filing for unemployment benefits during the pandemic. Due to the historic number of individuals filing for benefits beginning in March 2020, and states' frequent backlogs processing the claims, the traditional method of reporting unemployment did not accurately capture the number of unique individuals claiming benefits, according to the GAO report. For example, if a person filed for five weeks of benefits in a given week, the Department of Labor typically counted it as five separate claimants, not one. This method of reporting normally is a reliable proxy for the number of unique individuals claiming benefits, but it did not account for states' processing delays and claimants retroactively applying for benefits during the pandemic. While the absolute figures may not be accurate, the trend levels remain helpful for understanding the overall employment outlook.

This SLC Policy Analysis was concluded on March 26, 2021. For additional information regarding the Department of Labor data, please contact Roger Moore at rmoore@csg.org.

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Webinar | March 2021

Ensuring the Security and Resiliency of America's Energy Grid

Nick Bowman

In recent years, the security and resiliency of America's energy grid have come under increased scrutiny due to cyber security threats, terrorism and natural disasters. The 2016 hacking of Vermont's Burlington Electric by foreign actors exposed the vulnerability of computer systems and served as a warning to other utility providers. Experts predict that this type of attack and others will continue. Widespread power outages caused by Winter Storm Uri have further highlighted the importance of this issue. This program explores the policies and initiatives that governments and utility providers are undertaking to increase the security and resiliency of America's energy grid.

Presentations:

Amy Thomas, Senior Government Relations Director, American Public Power Association, Washington, D.C.
Kimberly Denbow, Managing Director, Security & Operations, American Gas Association, Washington, D.C.


Comparative Data Reports | March 2021

Adult Correctional Systems, Education and Transportation

Comparative Data Reports (CDRs) are prepared annually by select SLC states’ fiscal research departments. These reports track revenue sources, appropriations levels, performance measures, and a multitude of other metrics in Southern states. A useful tool for legislators and legislative staff alike, CDRs are available for adult correctional systems, education, Medicaid, and transportation.

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Webinar | March 2021

Utilizing Workshare Programs During Economic Downturns

Roger Moore

Workshare programs, also known as short-time compensation, allow businesses to temporarily reduce employees' hours, rather than resorting to layoffs, during economic downturns. Approved workshare programs allow employees to qualify for a percentage of unemployment benefits, determined by the amount of time their hours have been cut. Designed to reduce overall unemployment, worksharing has the potential to benefit businesses and workers, while also supporting state unemployment coffers by reducing the total amount paid toward unemployment claims. Currently, more than two dozen states have approved workshare programs. This virtual program provides an overview of worksharing, how it has been used during the current economic downturn, and what actions states can take to utilize such programs in the future.

Presentations:

Keerthi Sugumaran, Attorney at Law, Jackson Lewis P.C., Boston.


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Webinar | March 2021

Preparing the Workforce of Tomorrow: COVID-19 and Computer Science Education

Cody Allen

During the past year, pandemic-related disruptions have upended traditional learning and business operations leading to a virtual shift for students and workers across the country. Despite this, only 47 percent of high schools nationally offer computer science courses, leaving many students unprepared for this new environment. According to a 2020 report from the Code.org Advocacy Group, a nationwide computer science education alliance, only five states in the nation and one in the South - Arkansas - have implemented all of the recommended policy frameworks to establish computer science as a fundamental part of the K-12 education system. This program examines the state of computer science education and training in the South and discusses how policymakers can best prepare students for an increasingly technology-dependent future.

Presentations:

Anthony Owen, Director, Computer Science Education, Department of Education, Arkansas
Amy Roberts, Director, State Government Affairs, Code.org, Minnesota


Policy Analysis | March 2021

Spread of COVID-19 within Regions of the United States

Mikko Lindberg and Roger Moore

Over the course of a year, this SLC Policy Analysis tracked the proliferation of COVID-19 amongst The Council of State Government's four regions, using data collected and published by The COVID Tracking Project. On March 7, 2021, updates to the data hosted by the project were discontinued and, consequently, this analysis of the data on a regional basis was concluded.

A multitude of governmental, private and nonprofit research entities are closely monitoring the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – the novel coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)1,2 – across the United States on city, county, state and national levels. Originally, at the outset of the pandemic, a limited amount of research existed for how the virus circulated on a regional basis.3

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Policy Analysis | March 2021

Trade in the SLC Region Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Roger Moore

The COVID-19 pandemic upended global economic activity in the first quarter of 2020. Although the long-term impact of the pandemic on public health and global commerce remains unknown, the profound economic shocks experienced beginning in March 2020, with widespread business closures and restrictions on movement, are expected to reverberate in 2021 and, possibly, beyond. In October, the World Trade Organization (WTO) reported that global merchandise trade declined 14.3 percent between the second quarters of 2019 and 2020, the largest quarter-on-quarter drop ever. Global trade for all of 2020, the WTO estimated, declined 9.2 percent, while global GDP decreased 4.8 percent.1

By highlighting export and import data, as reported monthly by the U.S. Census Bureau, this SLC Policy Analysis depicts how the pandemic has impacted the U.S. economy and, particularly, trade in the SLC region. The data includes export and import data for the following periods:

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Webinar | March 2021

COVID-19 and American Agriculture II: Agricultural Response and Outlook

Nick Bowman

Like all sectors of the American economy, the agriculture sector has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the largest purchasers of agricultural products—including restaurants, schools and hotels—have closed or operated at limited capacity for nearly a year due to the pandemic. Farmers and ranchers have had to adjust their methods to meet these new trends. This program provides an update on how the agriculture sector is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and the outlook for American farmers.

Presentations:

Allison Crittenden, Director, Congressional Relations, American Farm Bureau Federation, Washington, D.C.
Michael Nepveux, Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation, Washington, D.C.


Policy Analysis | February 2021

State Tax Collections in the SLC Region Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cody Allen

The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the nation caused shockwaves in the first quarter of 2020,* as the pandemic – and subsequent public health and safety measures – lead to an unprecedented economic downturn. States struggled as their traditional sources of revenue saw immediate drops, and economic uncertainty precluded the accuracy of revenue projections for the months ahead. The distribution of vaccine shipments to states in December led to renewed optimism that the fiscal situation for state, federal and local governments would soon improve. However, economists have cautioned that a full economic recovery may not be seen until the end of 2022, dependent, in large measure, on the levels of continuing federal financial support.1

The National Association of State Budget Officers notes the bulk of state general fund revenue is derived from personal income and sales taxes – 44.9 and 30.1 percent, respectively.2 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, for the third quarter of 2020, 11 states in the South received their largest share of revenue from the collection of individual income taxes, with just four – Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas – reporting general sales and gross receipts as their largest tax revenue source.3

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Policy Analysis | February 2021

2020 Medicaid Enrollment in the SLC Region

Roger Moore

Medicaid enrollment surged in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic caused historic economic upheaval across the United States. Sudden and extensive job losses in March and April 2020 – followed by consistently high unemployment rates in subsequent months – led to millions of people losing income and, in many cases, employer-sponsored health insurance, rendering them newly eligible for Medicaid. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), total Medicaid enrollment in the United States increased 9.2 percent between January and September 2020, the last month for which CMS data is available. By contrast, enrollment during the same period in 2019 decreased 0.6 percent.1

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Policy Analysis | December 2020

Assessing Learning Loss Risk During COVID-19 and Beyond

Cody Allen

By early April 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, every state in the SLC region had ordered or recommended schools be closed to in-person learning and developed a remote learning structure.1 With the ongoing public health emergency continuing to affect K-12 students, states are dealing with "learning loss" concerns as students fall behind due to interrupted schedules, the inability of families to provide support, lack of educational support, unproductive remote learning systems and an inability to connect with teachers and fellow students. Nationally, in November 2020, it was reported that more than 60 percent of students attended school in districts offering some form of in-person learning.2 However, as of December 9, 2020, only a reported 32.5 percent of K‑12 students participated in full-time in-person learning, while 50.8 percent and 16.7 percent, respectively, were enrolled in fully remote or hybrid learning plans, a sizeable decrease in traditional in-person learning.3

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Hospital Property Tax Exemptions in SLC States
Policy Analysis | December 2020

Hospital Property Tax Exemptions in SLC States

Cody Allen

The United States has an estimated 6,146 hospitals operating across the country, of which 85 percent are community, or public, hospitals. More than half of all community hospitals are nongovernmental non-profits, with the remaining balance split between investor-owned for-profit and state and local government-owned hospitals.1

Across the SLC region, states have enacted myriad policies governing the levying of property taxes on hospitals – whether blanket exemptions for all nonprofits or more targeted exemptions for specific hospitals and systems. Of note, Alabama is the only state in the SLC region to offer a statutory property tax exemption to for-profit providers with specific criteria and requirements.

Florida enacted legislation during the 2020 session to limit the property tax exemption of nonprofit hospitals up to the level of community benefit they provide, along with stricter reporting requirements.

Alabama

According to Alabama Code, real or personal property used exclusively for nonprofit hospital purposes is exempt from property taxation.2 Under the same code, for-profit hospitals may qualify for a partial ad valorem tax exemption, up to $75,000 of assessed value, provided the hospital certifies its treatment of charity patients constitutes at least 15 percent of its services.3

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Policy Analysis | December 2020

COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Among SLC States

Amanda Budd

Last updated: May 5, 2021

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of May 5, 2021, approximately 250 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the United States. The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized emergency uses1 for the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccines. Other COVID-19 vaccines are in development and will be available after they complete the FDA's review and authorization process. On April 13, 2021, the FDA and CDC recommended a pause2 in the use of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, while they review data from six reported blood clot cases in the United States. On As of April 23, 2021, this pause was lifted.

On April 6, 2021, President Joe Biden announced3that all adults would be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. As of April 19, 2021, vaccine eligibility expanded to all who are 16 or older. On May 10, 2021, the FDA amended their Emergency Use Authorization4 to include patients between the ages of 12-15 to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

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SLC Publications (continued)


Webinar | September 2020

COVID-19 and American Agriculture

Webinar | September 2020

Alternative Payment Models in Healthcare

Webinar | August 2020

New and Expanded Revenue Streams

SLC Regional Resource | January 2020

The Netherlands Model: Flood Resilience in Southern States

Policy Analysis | January 2020

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Other | December 2019

Issues to Watch - 2020

Policy Analysis | December 2019

Motor Fuel Evaporation Deductions

Policy Analysis | November 2019

Federal Analysis: Rural Health Agenda

SLC Regional Resource | November 2019

Rural Hospitals: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Policy Analysis | September 2019

Media Access at State Capitols

SLC Regional Resource | September 2019

Scoot Over: The Growth of Micromobility in the South

Policy Analysis | April 2019

School Counselor Legislation in the South

SLC Regional Resource | April 2019

Surprise Medical Billing in the South: A Balancing Act

Policy Analysis | April 2019

Federal Legislation on Rural Hospitals

Policy Analysis | March 2019

Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals

SLC Regional Resource | March 2019

Sports Betting in the South

Policy Analysis | January 2019

Medical Marijuana Laws in Southern States

Other | January 2019

Issues to Watch - 2019

Policy Analysis | October 2018

CDL Waivers for the Agriculture Industry

SLC Issue Brief | October 2018

The Growth of Synthetic Opioids in the South

SLC Special Series Report | October 2018

Blown Away: Wind Energy in the Southern States (Part III)

Policy Analysis | September 2018

Poverty Statistics for Southern States

Policy Analysis | August 2018

Suicide Rates in the South

Policy Analysis | August 2018

Apprenticeships in the South

Policy Analysis | June 2018

Distracted Driving Laws in SLC Member States

SLC Regional Resource | May 2018

Opioids and Organ Donations: A Tale of Two Crises

Policy Analysis | April 2018

Chamber Vote Adjustment in the South

Policy Analysis | April 2018

SLC - China Trade Data

Policy Analysis | April 2018

Apiculture and Land Use Valuation

SLC Issue Brief | January 2018

The State of Retail in Southern States

SLC Special Series Report | January 2018

Blown Away: Wind Energy in the Southern States (Part II)

SLC Special Series Report | December 2017

Long-Term Care in the South (Part II)

Policy Analysis | September 2017

SLC Member State Revenue Increases

Comparative Data Reports | July 2017

Adult Correctional Systems, Education and Medicaid

Policy Analysis | June 2017

Bail and Pretrial Reforms in Southern States

SLC Regional Resource | June 2017

STEM Teacher Preparation and Retention in the South

SLC Special Series Report | May 2017

Blown Away: Wind Energy in Southern States (Part 1)

Policy Analysis | April 2017

Cross-State Health Insurance Policies

Policy Analysis | April 2017

Fixed-Rate Tuition Pricing

SLC Regional Resource | April 2017

Body-Worn Cameras: Laws and Policies in the South

Policy Analysis | March 2017

Human Trafficking

SLC Special Series Report | January 2017

Long-Term Care in the South (Part 1)

SLC Regional Resource | December 2016

The Case for Cuba

Policy Analysis | November 2016

Outside Legal Counsel in SLC Member States

Policy Analysis | October 2016

Employee Voting Leave Regulations

Policy Analysis | September 2016

Autonomous Vehicle Legislation and Trends

Policy Analysis | September 2016

Agricultural Exports to Cuba

Policy Analysis | August 2016

Southern High School Graduation Rates

Policy Analysis | June 2016

Pardons in SLC Member States

Policy Analysis | June 2016

Work Conditions for Mothers

SLC Regional Resource | May 2016

Spread of Zika: Impact on Southern States

Policy Analysis | May 2016

Recent numbers on Zika Infections

Policy Analysis | April 2016

Landfill Tipping Fees

SLC Regional Resource | March 2016

Heroin Epidemic in SLC Member States: Finding Solutions

Policy Analysis | February 2016

Inspection of Amusement Park Rides

SLC Regional Resource | February 2016

Special Education School Vouchers: A Look at Southern States

Policy Analysis | February 2016

Higher Education Funding

Policy Analysis | January 2016

Vehicle Sales Soar to Record Levels in 2015

SLC Regional Resource | January 2016

Inland Ports and Waterways in the SLC Member States

Webinar | December 2015

SLC State Pensions: Latest Developments

SLC Regional Resource | November 2015

Student Assessments in Southern States: Recent Developments

Policy Analysis | October 2015

2015 Update on Common Core in SLC Member States

Policy Analysis | October 2015

Wild Fires

Policy Analysis | September 2015

Manufacturing Products Top SLC State Exports in 2014

Policy Analysis | August 2015

Death Row Prisoners

Policy Analysis | July 2015

Public Pension Trends and Developments

Policy Analysis | June 2015

State Purchasing Regulations and Reform

Policy Analysis | May 2015

Governing Entities for Higher Education

SLC Regional Resource | April 2015

Vapor Rising: E-Cigarettes in the SLC States

Policy Analysis | April 2015

Primary Election Formulas of SLC Member States

Policy Analysis | March 2015

Proposed Ridesharing Laws in the States

Policy Analysis | March 2015

Prison Populations in Southern States

Policy Analysis | February 2015

Regulation of Combat Sports

SLC Regional Resource | February 2015

SLC State Efforts to Rebuild the Coastline

SLC Regional Resource | February 2015

Common Core in the South: Where the States Stand Now

Policy Analysis | January 2015

State Occupational Boards and Commissions Fees

SLC Regional Resource | December 2014

Charging Forward: Net Metering Policies in SLC States

Webinar | December 2014

Non-Ratepayer Energy Efficiency Options

Policy Analysis | December 2014

Southern States' State Energy Plans

Policy Analysis | October 2014

SLC State Actions on Suspect Guardrails

Webinar | October 2014

Food Safety Modernization Act

Policy Analysis | October 2014

Pre-K Quality Standards in the South

Policy Analysis | September 2014

Feral Hog Containment

Presentation | September 2014

Transportation Funding in the States

Policy Analysis | September 2014

Climate Change Legislation in the Southern States

Policy Analysis | August 2014

Southern States' Medicaid Spending

Policy Analysis | July 2014

In-State Tuition for Veterans

SLC Issue Alert | June 2014

U.S. Agriculture Exports: Latest Trends

Policy Analysis | March 2014

Highway Trust Fund Balance

SLC Regional Resource | March 2014

A Special Condition: Medical Marijuana in SLC States

Policy Analysis | March 2014

Elderly Drivers

SLC Regional Resource | February 2014

Aeronautics in the SLC States: Cleared for Takeoff

Policy Analysis | February 2014

The "Black Belt"

Policy Analysis | January 2014

Growth of Aerospace Industry Exports

Policy Analysis | December 2013

Southern States' Early Graduation Policies

SLC Regional Resource | November 2013

Tire Manufacturing: Southern States Roll to the Top

Policy Analysis | November 2013

Wind Pool Insurance in the SLC States

Policy Analysis | November 2013

Southern States' Legislative Budget Formats

Policy Analysis | October 2013

Southern States' Medicaid HMO Plans

SLC Regional Resource | July 2013

Workforce Development in the SLC States

Policy Analysis | May 2013

The Higher Education Disconnect

Policy Analysis | May 2013

Variable Gasoline Tax Rates

Policy Analysis | April 2013

Natural Gas Vehicle Consumption Rates

Policy Analysis | March 2013

State Personal Income Trends

Policy Analysis | March 2013

Southern States' Distracted Driving Laws

Policy Analysis | February 2013

State Efforts to Fund Transportation

Policy Analysis | January 2013

Fiscal and Economic Trends in the South

Policy Analysis | November 2012

Higher Education Finance Reform

Policy Analysis | November 2012

Government Performance Audit Agencies

Webinar | October 2012

Higher Education Finance Reform

Presentation | October 2012

Economic Development Trends from the States

Policy Analysis | September 2012

Seat Belt Regulations for 15-Passenger Vans

Presentation | July 2012

State Retirement Systems: Recent Trends

SLC Fiscal Alert | July 2012

Public Pensions: Emerging Trends

Comparative Data Reports | July 2012

Medicaid, Revenue and Transportation

Policy Analysis | June 2012

The Stafford Loan Crisis in Perspective

Policy Analysis | June 2012

Grandparental Visitation Rights

Policy Analysis | May 2012

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse

Policy Analysis | April 2012

Tuition Deregulation in Higher Education

Policy Analysis | March 2012

Latest State Unemployment Rates

Policy Analysis | March 2012

Organization of Public Health Services

Policy Analysis | February 2012

NCLB Waivers, Part Three

Policy Analysis | February 2012

State Employee Retirement Age in SLC Member States

Presentation | January 2012

State Retirement Systems: Recent Trends

Policy Analysis | January 2012

Property Assessment Clean Energy (PACE) Programs

SLC Regional Resource | January 2012

Municipal Bonds: Trends in 2011

Presentation | November 2011

State of State Budgets

Policy Analysis | November 2011

Federal Highway Trust Fund

Policy Analysis | October 2011

State Revenue Trends

Policy Analysis | October 2011

NCLB Waivers, Part Two

Policy Analysis | September 2011

Prospective Changes in Long-Term Care Policies

Policy Analysis | September 2011

Higher Education Performance and Accountability

Policy Analysis | August 2011

Summer Heat and Fall Sports

SLC Regional Resource | July 2011

Food Safety: Building an Integrated System

Policy Analysis | July 2011

Southern States' Annual Incomes Rates

Policy Analysis | June 2011

Race to the Top Round 3

Policy Analysis | June 2011

Manufacturing Jobs in the South

SLC Issue Alert | June 2011

NCLB Update: The Waiver Option

Policy Analysis | May 2011

Post-secondary Access and Affordability

Policy Analysis | May 2011

A Prescription Drug Epidemic

Policy Analysis | May 2011

Natural Gas Recovery and "Hydrofracking"

Policy Analysis | May 2011

Schools and Natural Disasters

Policy Analysis | April 2011

Changes in Teaching as a Profession

Policy Analysis | April 2011

Nuclear Safety in a Post-Fukushima World

Policy Analysis | April 2011

State Corrections Reforms

Policy Analysis | April 2011

School Choice and Charter Schools

Policy Analysis | April 2011

Southern States' Sunset Regulations

Policy Analysis | March 2011

School Budgets Feeling the Pinch

Policy Analysis | March 2011

Changes to HOPE Scholarships

SLC Regional Resource | March 2011

State Section 529 Plans

Policy Analysis | February 2011

GPS Monitoring for Domestic Violence Offenders

Policy Analysis | November 2010

Economic Impact of the Great Recession

Policy Analysis | November 2010

Retention and Completion Rates of College Freshmen

Policy Analysis | October 2010

High Speed Rail: Update from the Southern States

Policy Analysis | October 2010

Agricultural Land Assessments

Policy Analysis | October 2010

Permanent Property Rights Task Forces

Presentation | October 2010

State Fiscal Issues

Policy Analysis | August 2010

DOE Recovery Act Funding in Southern States

Presentation | July 2010

State Fiscal and Economic Outlook

SLC Regional Resource | July 2010

Meth: Resurgence in the South

Policy Analysis | July 2010

Firearm Laws

SLC Regional Resource | June 2010

Creating Value: Recycling in the Southern States

SLC Special Series Report | June 2010

The Expansion of the Panama Canal and SLC State Ports

Policy Analysis | April 2010

Judicial Advisory Councils

Policy Analysis | March 2010

Southern States' Health Insurance Rates

Presentation | February 2010

State Unemployment Insurance: Recent Trends

SLC Regional Resource | January 2010

Autism and Schools

Policy Analysis | January 2010

Drug Recycling Programs

Comparative Data Reports | November 2009

Adult Correctional Systems, Education and Revenue

Policy Analysis | November 2009

Southern States' Student Loan Default Rates

Policy Analysis | October 2009

Southern States' SCHIP Programs

Presentation | May 2009

State Fiscal and Economic Outlook

Presentation | May 2009

Fiscal Outlook for the States

Presentation | March 2009

State Retirement Systems: Recent Trends

Presentation | March 2009

Fiscal Outlook for the States

Presentation | February 2009

Economic Status of the States

Policy Analysis | February 2009

Left-Lane Campers

SLC Issue Alert | January 2009

An HIV Epidemic?

SLC Regional Resource | January 2009

Capital Access in the Black Belt

SLC Issue Alert | December 2008

Mid-Year Education Budget Reductions

Comparative Data Reports | November 2008

Adult Correctional Systems

Article | July 2008

Auto: The Resilient South

SLC Issue Alert | June 2008

Actuarial Estimates in Public Pensions

SLC Special Series Report | June 2008

Innovative Programs in Funding State Homeland Security Needs

Policy Analysis | March 2008

Prescription Drug Reuse and Recycling

SLC Regional Resource | January 2008

Landfill Gas to Fuel

SLC Regional Resource | January 2008

Reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act

Policy Analysis | December 2007

School Air Quality Policies

Comparative Data Reports | November 2007

Adult Correctional Systems

Comparative Data Reports | November 2007

Medicaid

Comparative Data Reports | November 2007

Adult Correctional Systems, Education, Medicaid and Revenue

SLC Regional Resource | December 2006

The Aging Inmate Population: Southern States Outlook

Presentation | November 2006

State Retirement Systems: Recent Trends

Comparative Data Reports | November 2006

Adult Correctional Systems

SLC Regional Resource | June 2006

2007 Farm Bill in Context (Summer 2006 Update)

SLC Regional Resource | April 2006

Farm to School

SLC Regional Resource | January 2006

State Rural Initiatives: Where the Money Comes From

Comparative Data Reports | November 2005

Adult Correctional Systems

Comparative Data Reports | November 2005

Medicaid

SLC Regional Resource | July 2005

Rural Centers in the South

SLC Regional Resource | July 2005

2007 Farm Bill in Context

SLC Regional Resource | January 2005

The Tobacco Buyout

SLC Special Series Report | October 2004

America's Public Retirement Systems: Stresses in the System

SLC Special Series Report | October 2004

Doing the Math: Southern State School Finance Systems

Presentation | April 2004

Ports in the South

SLC Regional Resource | February 2004

Judicial Selection Methods in the Southern States

SLC Regional Resource | December 2003

A Rural Policy for the 21st Century

SLC Special Series Report | November 2003

The Drive to Move South

SLC Special Series Report | April 2003

Filling In the Gaps: Solving Teacher Shortages

SLC Regional Resource | February 2003

Update on Competition in the Telecommunications Industry

Presentation | December 2002

The Fiscal Crunch Confronting the South

Presentation | September 2002

Delivering the Goods: Ports in the South

SLC Regional Resource | September 2002

Finally, the Farm Bill

SLC Special Series Report | July 2002

Unemployment Insurance In a Diminishing Economy

SLC Regional Resource | June 2002

A Review of Southern States' No-Call Registries

SLC Regional Resource | June 2002

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

SLC Special Series Report | February 2002

Election Policies and Reform in Southern States 2001

SLC Special Series Report | February 2002

Tobacco in Transition

SLC Regional Resource | July 2001

Contracting in Tobacco

SLC Regional Resource | May 2001

Correctional Good-Time Credits in Southern States

SLC Regional Resource | April 2001

Methamphetamine Production and Abuse in Southern States

SLC Regional Resource | February 2001

Telecommunications Competition in Southern States

Comparative Data Reports | November 2000

Adult Correctional Systems and Medicaid

SLC Regional Resource | October 2000

The War over Water

SLC Special Series Report | August 2000

Drawing the Map: Redistricting in the South

SLC Special Series Report | August 2000

Female Offenders: Special Needs and Southern State Challenges

SLC Regional Resource | August 2000

International Trade and Agriculture

SLC Regional Resource | March 2000

Agriculture and Biotechnology

SLC Special Series Report | January 1999

Language Diversity in Southern Schools: The Growing Challenge

SLC Special Series Report | June 1998

The Aging Inmate Population